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Stevie Wonder remembered his longtime friend Aretha Franklin in an interview with CBS This Morning Friday, a day after the legendary singer’s death at the age of 76. Wonder visited Franklin’s...

Maggie Rose’s buoyant “Hey Blondie,” Travis Meadows’ inspirational “Underdogs” and Logan Brill’s clever “Good Story” are among the 10 country and...

Rising singer-songwriter Jillian Jacqueline gets the assist from country superstar Keith Urban on a shimmering new song, “If I Were You,” that was released on Friday. It’s the first...

A wonderful little record that never lets up, piling on unassumingly buzzy fun until you start realizing you might be in the presence of a true power-pop monument. The Beths are from New Zealand, so...

Kanye West joined Kid Cudi onstage to perform at a private party Thursday night in Los Angeles, where the rappers debuted the live rendition of the Ye standout “Ghost Town.” The impromptu...

Radio’s reluctance to take a chance on unknown, independent acts is almost cliche at this point: The airwaves are dominated by a few major-label records that are played into the ground. But along...

When Lorde took Mitski Miyawaki out on her Melodrama tour this year as an opening act, it was a perfect match: two smart, intense women addressing heartache, class issues, and other...

Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling...

Over the course of his lifetime, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) saw Aretha Franklin sing more times than he can count — in stadiums, parks, at a private birthday in Washington, D.C. He can’t...

More than any other track on his debut album Mr. Jukebox, “Weird Thought Thinker” sums up the quirkiness of Joshua Hedley. The Nashville singer-songwriter and pristine-voiced crooner fully...

Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling...

The most beautiful words ever spoken about Aretha Franklin came from her friend and producer Luther Vandross, back in 1982: “This woman ain’t entertainment. She’s done opened the books...

Blood Orange debuted a pleading new song titled “Chewing Gum” on Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the singer was joined by Harlem rap star A$AP Rocky and Memphis stalwart Project...

The trappings are all there: the smattering of polite applause, the tinkling piano laying out the chord changes of a familiar tune — Erroll Garner’s “Misty,” in this case. But...

The world has gotten to see a whole new side of Scotty McCreery in 2018, and now the former American Idol winner will round off the year with a fresh U.S. tour in support of his latest LP, Seasons Change,...

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators have released a bluesy new song, “Mind Your Manners,” from the group’s upcoming album Living the Dream. The Guns N’ Roses...

Eric Church is continuing to roll out songs from his forthcoming sixth LP, Desperate Man, with “Heart Like a Wheel,” a soulful, shuffling ballad that meditates on lifetime love against the...

Prince completists rejoice: The majority of the singer’s recorded output during the 1990s and 2000s has finally arrived on streaming services. Until now, a limited slice of Prince’s catalog...

Aerosmith recruited the Roots‘ horn section to perform two of their 1970s tracks, “Mama Kin” and “Big Ten Inch Record,” on Thursday’s Tonight Show. On “Mama...

Darlene Love first met Aretha Franklin when she came to Los Angeles in 1957 to perform with Franklin’s father, the great baptist minister and civil rights figure Clarence LaVaughn Franklin. It was...

Canadian rapper k-os returned with his first new song in three years on Friday, a breezy, tongue-in-cheek single titled “No Bucks.” k-os released albums at a steady clip between 2002 and...

EDM producer Calvin Harris has recruited Sam Smith for his club-friendly new single “Promises.” Over a barking bassline, warbled keys and vintage house beat, the soul singer seeks out late-night...

Stephen Colbert honored Aretha Franklin on Thursday night’s The Late Show following the legendary singer’s death earlier that day from pancreatic cancer. “The world is poorer...

Janet Jackson, Daddy Yankee and a host of dancers from around the globe get a neighborhood dance party started in Jackson’s new video for “Made For Now.” Produced by Harmony Samuels,...

Ariana Grande performed one of her musical influences classic songs during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Backed by the Roots, Grande sang a faithful rendition of Aretha Franklin‘s “(You...

Phish have been forced to cancel their annual three-day festival, Curveball, Variety reports. The sold-out event was scheduled for this weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York. Fans...

Bonnie Raitt’s teenage world was transformed when she heard Franklin’s Aretha Franklin’s 1967 LP I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You). “I loved everything about...

Aretha Franklin waived her fee to headline the Sam Cooke tribute I produced some years ago. It was the 2005 American Music Masters series, held at the Cleveland Playhouse and hosted by the Rock and Roll...

Aretha Franklin’s genius took so many forms — as a singer, a songwriter, an album-crafter, a live performer. But the Queen was also one of history’s most audacious Beatle fans. Nobody...

Céline Dion paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, calling her “the most soulful and inspirational singer of our time.” Franklin died Thursday from pancreatic cancer at age 76. In a note...

In November 1967, talk-show host Merv Griffin introduced his audience to an “unusual young singer” named Aretha Franklin, who was appearing on the show to promote her career-defining Atlantic...

In the summer of 1979, Conway Twitty earned his 22nd Number One hit with “I May Never Get to Heaven,” written by longtime friends Bill Anderson and Buddy Killen. Anderson had been enshrined...

Last November, Aretha Franklin took the stage at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation gala, delivering what would be her final public performance. The Queen of Soul, who died Thursday from pancreatic...

With drummer OJ Jackson keeping time on a plastic bucket and bass player J. Kott plucking away on an acoustic four-string, Brent Cobb and his band lay down a filthy rhythm in a backstage warm-up session,...

Elton John mourned the death of Aretha Franklin on Thursday in a reverent post on Instagram. John is a lifelong fan of American soul music, and he collaborated with Franklin on 1989’s “Through...

Aretha Franklin had an often-combative approach to interviews, especially with Rolling Stone over the years. But she couldn’t have been more fun to talk to when she got on the phone in 2014 for...

Gloria Estefan praised Aretha Franklin as the ultimate inspiration for any girl aspiring to sing, or any fan that wanted to appreciate a true master of their craft. Franklin died Thursday of pancreatic...

The two surviving Beatles paid tribute to Aretha Franklin today following the news of the Queen of Soul’s death. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr issued separate statements, each praising the artist...

Aretha Franklin will be mourned as the “Queen of Soul,” which is as it should be. It was her rocket ride up the charts under Atlantic’s Jerry Wexler in 1967 and 1968 that established...

Mariah Carey remembered her VH1 Divas partner Aretha Franklin as “my inspiration, my mentor and my friend” in a poignant tribute to the Queen of Soul, who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer...

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